Recapturing the passion of summers past
If Starbucks' Tazo Passion iced tea lemonade is one of your summer favorites—as it is mine—you'll want to know that they've changed the formula this year, for the worse in my estimation.
Consequently, if you want to enjoy the drink the way you remember it from summers past, you'll have to remember to ask for it sweetened with Valencia orange syrup, rather than whatever bland syrup it is they're using now.
I suspect many people haven't noticed the difference (or think it's just their taste buds playing tricks on them). But a thoughtful barista at the drive-thru Starbucks at Robinson Towne Center tipped me off to the change—and added that there should be no problem requesting the old formula, since they always keep Valencia syrup on hand.
Summer 2006 is starting to look brighter already.